Photo courtesy of www.scaw.org
Giving a donation to a special charity in your guest's honour in lieu of a traditional wedding favour is nothing new... but the charity "Sleeping Children Around the World" (SCAW) was definitely new to me when I saw one of our amazing couples, Vanessa and Naresh support them at their wedding last October.
In lieu of traditional gifts, Vanessa and Naresh bought a bed kit through SCAW for every guest table at their wedding... And they had close to 50 tables. Bed kits are given to needy children in over 33 countries around the world. Each kit consists of: a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, mosquito net, clothes, school supplies, a towel and other necessities specific to their area. What made this charity stand out for me was the direct impact it made on each guest at their wedding. See what makes SCAW unique is that every child who receives a kit is photographed by volunteers with their kit, showing the donor's name, country and special occasion. Each photo is mailed back to the donor providing a direct connection between the donated funds and the child who's life you've impacted.
Every table at Vanessa and Naresh's wedding had a beautiful write up about SCAW, but most importantly the picture of a different child who directly benefited from the donation they made in their guest's honour. Paying close attention to guests is something we wedding planners do best at weddings and at Vanessa and Naresh's wedding, guests were incredibly humbled by the bride and groom's donation.
Thanks for leading by example Vanessa & Naresh; you guys are truly incredible!
To find out more about Sleeping Children Around the World, please visit www.scaw.org